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Gillmor Gang: Action Items

techcrunch.com — The Gillmor Gang - Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor - played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It's called Lock Screen, and some of us think it's where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority.

Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

techcrunch.com — "Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet," says Naval Ravikant. "Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle," concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin.

Facebook Nearby Friends Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads

techcrunch.com — Facebook says it's not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it's tracking "Location History" it admitted it will eventually use the data for marketing purposes. This morning, the proximity sharing feature began rolling out to iOS users, and with it I discovered a new "Location History" setting that must be left on to use Nearby Friends.
@lowbrowkate hey just a heads up. Fb has confirmed it will eventually use Nearby Friends location data to target ads tcrn.ch/1hUAkjt
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Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Todd McKinnon is CEO of identity management firm Okta. Think about your favorite app. Let me guess. It's a consumer app - something like Uber, Instagram or Pinterest. So what do we do to get business apps into that list of favorites?
Tech Crunch: Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be owl.li/2FQ2Vo

Google App Engine Gets GitHub Push-To-Deploy Support

techcrunch.com — Last summer, Google started allowing developers to use git to get their code onto App Engine to deploy their applications instead of using Google's usual SDK. Starting today, developers who use the popular GitHub service to manage their code repositories will be able to do the same.

Beats Music Gets In-App Subscriptions, Beefs Up Free Streaming Options

techcrunch.com — Beats Music, the streaming radio solution spun out from the makers of Beats audio hardware products, has decided to bite the bullet and give Apple its 30 percent cut on subscription sign-ups.
Tech Crunch: Beats Music Gets In-App Subscriptions, Beefs Up Free Streaming Options owl.li/2FPEYA

Nike Is Said To Be Killing Off The FuelBand

techcrunch.com — Bad news, Fuel fans: Nike is purportedly killing off their wearable hardware efforts, including the FuelBand. Just a few days ago, folks started whispering about shakeup in Fuelband land after the following post popped up on Secret: Now, sure enough, CNET says they've got a person-in-the-know confirming that the majority of the 70-person FuelBand team has been let go.

White House Declines To Deport Bieber, Pivots To Immigration Reform In Its Official Response

techcrunch.com — TechCrunch squinted slightly when the White House petition to deport the Canadian Justin Bieber passed the 100,000-signature mark, the minimum threshold to warrant an official response. (At that time, TechCrunch offered to help build a catapult to assist in completing the expulsion.)
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Supreme Court Justices Say They’re Likely To Rule On NSA Surveillance

techcrunch.com — Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia think that the nation's top court will eventually rule on the NSA's surveillance activities.

214 Technologies Is Crowdfunding A Smart Doorbell Called Chui

techcrunch.com — "What the heck is a smart doorbell?" That's what my friends asked me any time I mentioned that I'd be meeting with Nezare Chafni and Shaun Moore, co-founders of 214 Technologies. They've developed a product called Chui, which they describe as "the world's most intelligent doorbell."

Google Trends Debuts Email Notifications For Search Topics, Hot Searches And More

techcrunch.com — Google Trends, the informative resource that shows you what's currently popular around the web right now in and in the recent past, now offers email subscriptions, Google announced this morning. The new feature will allow you to subscribe to any search topic, plus Hot Searches for any country, or any U.S.
Google Trends now offers email notifications: tcrn.ch/1h9RTGk Note: The emails aren't a real-time alerting service.
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MIT’s FingerReader Helps The Blind Read With A Swipe Of A Digit

techcrunch.com — At MIT's Media Labs, researchers Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber and others are working on the " FingerReader," a ring-like device that straps itself around your finger and reads printed text out loud with a synthesized voice, thanks to a mounted camera and heavily modified open source software.
MIT’s FingerReader Helps The Blind Read With A Swipe Of A Digit tcrn.ch/1md5AvV